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Will Haydon earns first bracelet

6/25/2010

Six-handed no-limit hold 'em events have become extremely popular over the past few years. So, the World Series of Poker made sure to offer six-handed events at multiple buy-in levels in 2010, and so far it has been rewarded with large fields in each event. The $2,500 six-handed Event 26 recruited 1,245 players with Will Haydon emerging with the victory, winning the event for $630,031, one of the largest first-place prizes awarded this year.

Haydon, a 23-year-old poker pro from San Francisco, was offered a full college scholarship to play golf, but poker attracted him. After a year, he left school to pursue his latest and now extremely successful endeavor. Playing under the aliases "hAAydon" and "potstabber," Haydon has had massive success online with numerous six-figure scores. His biggest score came for $541,650 during FTOPS IX in 2008 and with his earnings from this event, he has over $2 million in lifetime winnings.

"This is pretty much the 'Holy Grail'," said Haydon. "If it was between this versus winning a million dollars but no bracelet -- I would rather have this."

The short stack coming into the final table, Haydon looked to his online experience to battle back.

"My game plan was really just to try and find a good spot to double up," he said. "So, it's just something I've done a thousand times. It's just finding that spot where you think you can do it."

Former Lufthansa pilot and two-time WSOP champion Eddy Scharf made his fifth final table in this event and finished fourth. It was his highest result since 2004 earning $163,649. Both of Scharf's bracelets came in limit Omaha high-low split events.

Other notable finishers from Event 26 include Justin Smith (eighth), Erik Cajelais (15th) and Daniel Negreanu (16th). It's also notable that 2007 WSOP main event champion Jerry Yang finished 57th for his third cash of the year.

The video below features some key moments during Haydon's final table:

Below are the complete results of Event 26 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 26: six-handed no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries: 1,245
Prize pool: $2,863,500
Players in the money: 126

1. William Haydon ($630,031)
2. Jeffrey Papola ($391,068)
3. Joe Baldwin ($248,265)
4. Eddy Scharf ($163,649)
5. Jarred Solomon ($110,903)
6. Steve Cowley ($77,228)
7. Javier Etayo ($55,236)
8. Justin Smith ($55,236)
9. Martins Adeniya ($40,547)
10. Tyler Witteman ($40,547)
11. Taurean Davis ($30,524)
12. Alexander Ivarsson ($30,524)
13. Patrick Ricci ($23,537)
14. Andrey Danilyuk ($23,537)
15. Erik Cajelais ($23,537)
16. Daniel Negreanu ($23,537)
17. Paul Varano ($23,537)
18. Clement Thumy ($23,537)
19. Jimmy Ostensson ($18,612)
20. David Benefield ($18,612)
21. Scott Augustine ($18,612)
22. Farhan Madhani ($18,612)
23. Dustin Schmidt ($18,612)
24. Erich Kollmann 18,612)
25. Sorel Mizzi ($15,062)
26. Richard Robinson ($15,062)
27. Luigi Caramatti ($15,062)
28. Alexander Wilson ($15,062)
29. James Vanneman ($15,062)
30. Benjamin Maerefat ($15,062)
31. John Eames ($12,456)
32. David Peters ($12,456)
33. Sara Schussler ($12,456)
34. Ryan Carey ($12,456)
35. David Jones ($12,456)
36. Harvey Mathews ($12,456)
37. Saar Wilf ($10,537)
38. Alexia Portal ($10,537)
39. Marco Traniello ($10,537)
40. Darryll Fish ($10,537)
41. Joseph Bartholdi ($10,537)
42. Zachary Wolfe ($10,537)
43. Maxim Lykov ($9,105)
44. Fernando Perez ($9,105)
45. Frank Selldorff ($9,105)
46. Taylor Caby ($9,105)
47. Andrew Robl ($9,105)
48. Pedro Fernandez ($9,105)
49. Francois Billard ($8,046)
50. Steve Billirakis ($8,046)
51. Xavier Jacquet ($8,046)
52. Craig Mccorkell ($8,046)
53. Chris Moorman ($8,046)
54. Alan Brown ($8,046)
55. Brian Lusk ($7,273)
56. Steven Graham ($7,273)
57. Jerry Yang ($7,273)
58. Jason Helder ($7,273)
59. Amnon Filippi ($7,273)
60. Petr Bartagov ($7,273)
61. Mark Hauge ($6,700)
62. Neil Tyler ($6,700)
63. Cyril Andre ($6,700)
64. Edward Sabat ($6,700)
65. Shane Rose ($6,700)
66. Matthew Inelli ($6,700)
67. Matthew Graham ($6,156)
68. Michael Rofman ($6,156)
69. Matthew Vengrin ($6,156)
70. James Mitchell ($6,156)
71. Peter Hotaling ($6,156)
72. Klinghammer Thibaut ($6,156)
73. David Olson ($6,156)
74. Vladimir Geshkenbein ($6,156)
75. Tim Kahlmeyer ($6,156)
76. Joshua Fussner ($6,156)
77. Florian Langmann ($6,156)
78. Chad Layne ($6,156)
79. Karl Erik Arvidsson ($5,669)
80. Maria Mayrinck ($5,669)
81. Alexander Yen ($5,669)
82. Nicholas Harvalis ($5,669)
83. Jon Friedberg ($5,669)
84. Jeff Shulman ($5,669)
85. Andrew Boccia ($5,669)
86. David Poces ($5,669)
87. Danny Estes ($5,669)
88. Mark Flowers ($5,669)
89. Joseph Urgo ($5,669)
90. Vadim Trincher ($5,669)
91. Christina Lindley ($5,211)
92. Ryan Schmidt ($5,211)
93. Narendra Banwari ($5,211)
94. David Fox ($5,211)
95. Ryan Fee ($5,211)
96. Oscar Erixon ($5,211)
97. Jonathan Vanfleet ($5,211)
98. Wesley Huff ($5,211)
99. Christian Jeppsson ($5,211)
100. Johannes Steindl ($5,211)
101. Alan Sass ($5,211)
102. Takashi Ogura ($5,211)
103. Gregory Brooks ($5,211)
104. Benjamin Sulsky ($5,211)
105. Nicholas Phillips ($5,211)
106. Stewart Newman ($5,211)
107. Rodney Burt ($5,211)
108. Wesley Pantling ($5,211)
109. Timothy Ulmer ($4,782)
110. Al Barbieri ($4,782)
111. Matthew Affleck ($4,782)
112. Bruno Launais ($4,782)
113. Kirill Rabtsov ($4,782)
114. Tom Franklin ($4,782)
115. Michael Ferrell ($4,782)
116. Leo Margets ($4,782)
117. Alexander Kuzmin ($4,782)
118. Jeffrey Lewis ($4,782)
119. Timothy Begley ($4,782)
120. Davidi Kitai ($4,782)
121. Kim Frederiksen ($4,782)
122. Lise Vigezzi ($4,782)
123. George Broussard ($4,782)
124. Matthew Schwarmann ($4,782)
125. Anthony Licastro ($4,782)
126. Annette Obrestad ($4,782)